Lepicol Ltd and Natural Health Products have recalled all batch and date codes of food supplements labelled ‘Miradin' (in UK mainland) and ‘Fortodol’ (in Northern Ireland) due to some of these supplements being contaminated with a banned drug, nimesulide.
The Agency has issued a Food Alert for Action.
Products recalledIn UK mainland
Miradin 40 capsules and 100 capsules
All date codes
In Northern Ireland
Fortadol 40 capsules and 100 capsules
All date codes
Miradin / Fortodol is marketed as a food supplement that claims to to be a natural anti-inflammatory pain killer for conditions such as arthritis and migraines. Both companies have distributed the products to health food shops and pharmacies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
There have been no reports of illness linked with these products in the UK. As a precautionary measure, however, the two main UK importers have initiated a product recall. In addition, they have supplied all customers with point-of-sale notices to be displayed in their retail outlets advising consumers of the product recall.
Food alertsIf there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). Food alerts are the FSA's way of letting local authorities and consumers know about problems associated with food and, in some cases, providing details of specific action to be taken. They are issued under two categories:
Food Alerts: for Action
Food Alerts: for Information